BA (Hons) Charity Development

You really can change the world, and we’d like to help you.

Each year over 165,000 charities in the UK are working to make the world a better place. You’ll find many who share your passion, whether it’s: the environment; animal welfare; fighting injustice; ending poverty; a cure for cancer.

Working as a fundraiser, you could join a team of like-minded people and actually know how much difference you make in the world.

With great career progression, scope to work overseas, flexibility to explore different disciplines, fundraising is a hugely rewarding profession.

Student view

Will Ham
I have totally fallen in love with fundraising and the course. Every single lecture and class has taught me something I can use for the charity I am passionate about. It’s a complete eye opener into a sector I didn’t understand before.
Theresa Manoah

My first year as a Charity Development student has been extremely interesting. It has made me aware that fundraising will be a really fulfilling experience. I look forward to second year and becoming even more involved in the charity community. It gives me great pleasure knowing that one day my job as a fundraiser will bring a positive change to someone's life.

Gemma Collins

Charity Development is a truly unique course, it has helped me to go beyond my comfort zone and learn a whole range of new things; now I’m excited by the variety of opportunities that come  with a future career in the third sector.

Course content

The Charity Development degree is an integral part of our Business School, but also draws from our Music and Media programmes, which makes our course flexible and allows you to choose from a range of modules and tailor the content to suit your interests. You’ll soon discover the skills you learn are highly transferable.

You may decide that event fundraising excites you most, or you may be a great social media enthusiast, our course allows you to tailor your studies in these directions. Alternatively you can structure the course towards a grant and major donor funding route, build a strong element of project design and management, or focus on marketing skills. We offer modules that will help you prepare to for a leadership role, to work as a freelancer, or to take the next step in higher education. The core of your course will ensure you engage with the key fundraising skills of grant funding and income from individuals, so whichever route you chose you have strong foundations for a successful career.

Our facilities

Students studying fundraising have unique access to the eTapestry CRM database, kindly provided by our sponsors Blackbaud.

Over the past few years, we’ve redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

We take an integrated approach to the provision of learning resources and support and offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research. A range of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas.  We use an electronic learning environment with an expanding portfolio of online library resources from anywhere at any time.

Both campuses host a modern library service with areas for quiet and silent study on both floors.  Also situated in the LRC is the Support and Information Zone, Costa Coffee and over 80 open access work stations.  An equipment loans centre offers laptops, tablets and other electronic devices for short and long term loans.

Where this can take you

The Charity Development BA (Hons) is accredited by the industry’s leading professional body. As part of your studies you will work towards the Institute of Fundraising’s ‘Certificate in Fundraising’, which as a member of the Institute will entitle you to include ‘MIinstF (cert)’ after your name, the letters many employers are looking for.

We understand the importance of ensuring that you’ve the knowledge, skills and experience to compete successfully in today’s challenging jobs market. Each year an army of over 20,000 fundraisers help UK charities raise around £60 billion. But fundraising isn’t one job it’s a whole range of different specialisms, with the opportunity to find the one that suits you. Unless of course variety is what you thrive on, in which case, working for a small charity calls for exactly the flexibility and broad range of skills we teach.

Your job title might be:

  • Alumni Manager/Officer
  • PA to Fundraising/Development Director
  • Campaigns Coordinator
  • Partnership and Development Manager
  • Community Fundraiser
  • Patrons Manager
  • Corporate Fundraiser
  • Project coordinator/administrator
  • Database Manager/Data Officer
  • Prospect researcher
  • Development Director/Head of Fundraising
  • Fundraiser (all-rounder for small charities)
  • Statutory Fundraising Manager
  • Direct Marketing Manager/Officer
  • Supporter Development
  • Events Fundraiser
  • Trusts and Foundations Fundraiser
  • Individual Giving Manager
  • Volunteer co-ordinator/manager
  • Legacy Fundraiser
  • Government Grants/Contracts Officer
  • Major Donor Manager/Officer

Work placements

We believe that completing academic assignments, self-guided studies and taught sessions will bring you closer to your goal of being a professional fundraiser, but being part of a professional team that is actually making a difference will inspire you to exceed your expectations.

You can dedicate a day a week during the semester of years one and two to your internship or another ‘learning through doing’ activity. We will encourage you to work with at least three different organisations over the course of your degree. 

By the first semester of year-three your aim is to find an organisation willing to help you prepare a fundraising strategy, taking up 50 per cent of your study time. In the second semester you will be able to identify an element of that strategy to implement for real, working directly with your host organisation and with our support.

Indicative modules

  • Psychology and the case for support
  • Event Planning Design and Creation
  • Corporate Grants and Sponsorship
  • Major Donor Fundraising
  • Community and Events Fundraising
  • Project Management

You can see all modules on offer in the Module Map.

Teaching assessment

Our course leaders are drawn from the profession. We also invite a regular programme of leading industry guest speakers, so you are always learning from the cutting edge of fundraising, vital in a profession that doesn’t stand still. You’ll also have opportunities to attend industry conferences exploring live issues, learning and networking with fundraisers. 

Classes are lively and you’ll find yourself being asked to tackle new knowledge through short lectures and group exercises. Most modules are supported by a weekly workshop of 2.5 hours; as a full-time student you will take 4 modules a semester. Many of the modules ask you to work with your fellow students outside of the formal study sessions, so it’s a sociable degree that builds the team-working skills essential to the real world of work.

In addition there are regular one-to-one and group tutorials, alongside your own self-guided study. Our emphasis is on the development of knowledge, problem-solving, analysis, self-management, and interpersonal skills.

Come and say hello...

We think you’ll be surprised at how diverse the fundraising profession is. The best way to really get a good idea of the possibilities it offers is to come and join us for a coffee, or a chat over Skype/phone. We’re always happy to discuss your interests and answer your questions, so if you want to know more drop an email to

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Course length

3 years Full Time

Entry requirements 2016 - 2017

All our applicants are interviewed, and in addition you will need to have the following:

GCSEs: English language and maths at grade C or above.


A levels: 280 UCAS Tariff points including at least one grade C

Edexcel National Diploma: Business related - DMM - MMM


Non-standard entry task (please contact us for details)

Entry requirements 2017 - 2018

Typical Offer (Individual offers may vary):

A levels (or combination with AS / E.P. / BTEC): 110 to 125 UCAS Tariff Points


GCSEs: English language and mathematics at grade C or better

International Baccalaureate: 28 points

Access to HE Diploma to HE Diploma: Pass with at least 15 credits worth of level 3 units at Merit


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